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Tuesday, 13 October 1931

Mr FORDE (Capricornia) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - Reference has been made to the alleged duty on fishing nets and other nets from Scotland. The increased price of these goods cannot be attributed to any protective tariff, because the fishing nets used by fishermen in the Flinders electorate are free of duty.

Mr White - They bear a primage duty.

Mr FORDE - It is true that they are subject to a primage duty; but that duty would not make much difference to their price. The increased cost is due chiefly to the exchange rates, which have increased considerably of late.

Mr Gabb - Are not fishing nets made in Australia from imported material?

Mr FORDE - No. They are imported from Scotland, and come in free of duty. This is one of many instances in which the tariff is blamed for increased prices, although in many such cases the articles in respect of which complaint is made are free of duty.

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